Sometime in November 2010 our old refrigerator started acting up. In the end our landlord had to purchase a new unit. The Amana ASD2522WRW03 comes with a water filtration system. This refrigerator uses a PUR water filter. That filter needed replaced late last month. The Amana has an interesting feature that alerts you to when the water filter needs changed. There is a light inside the main door that will turn orange when the filter is getting close to replacement time. This progresses to red when the filter has reached it’s usage limit. The older model refrigerator that was here when we moved in didn’t have this feature. You had to keep track of when you installed the water filter and replace it every 6 months.
I’d venture a guess that most newer refrigerators offer a water filter monitor light. I don’t recall seeing this option previously. The monitor can save money by reducing unnecessary water filter purchases. It also lets you known when the filter is working at less than optimal.
I’ve yet to come across a refrigerator that makes water filter replacement easy. Amana offers no diagrams within it’s online PDF manuals on how to go about replacing the filter. I figured the process would be similar to our old unit. Every time I’ve replaced a water filter it felt as if something was going to break. The water filters do not come out smoothly. You wouldn’t think a good amount of force would be needed. But every time I’ve almost had to manhandled the filter to get it out. There is very little space to actually get any type of finger hold on the device to remove it. All around bad design and frustrating.
I’m still not aware of any recycling program for PUR water filters. This is extremely aggravating. These devices shouldn’t keep ending up in landfills. It’s ridiculous that many recyclable consumer goods are still being placed in the garbage or taken to dumps.
I ordered our replacement filter online through AJ Madison. I’m very unhappy with how they shipped the product. It’s very surprising the product got here in working condition. The PUR water filter box was wrapped with dark shipping tab and given a label. There was no type of shipping box or content protection. This also made it very difficult to read any instructions on the box. As soon as you took the tape off the text was trashed. While this may save money on shipping for AJ Madison & reduce packaging. I’m not sure it is the best way to send products to customers.
PUR Refrigerator Water Filter 4396841 is Made in Taiwan.